Private, 11406, D Squadron, 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
Killed in Action on the Somme, 26 March 1918, aged 23
Remembered with honour on the Pozières Memorial on the Somme

Born in 1895, Harry Wheatley was the son of Joseph Wheatley, a farmer, and Ellen Eliza Wheatley, of Hillside Farm, Coleman's Hatch.

At the time of the 1911 census Harry was 16, his occupation listed as a "son working on the farm".

Harry was the brother of Alice Wheatley, whose husband George Weeding was also killed during the Great War in May 1917 in an action linked to the Battle of Arras.

Harry also had another sister, Ellen, and two brothers, Frederick and Sydney. Although Frederick was two years older there is no record of his First World War service.

Harry spent most of his First World War career on the Western Front. A private with the D Squadron of the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers, he was reported missing near St. Quentin in March 1918 and later listed as killed in action on 26 March 1918, at the age of 23.

Memorial plaque, Holy Trinity Church, Coleman's Hatch

He is remembered with honour on the Pozières Memorial on the Somme and commemorated on the memorial plaque at Holy Trinity Church, Coleman's Hatch.

Carol O'Driscoll